Sky poll: Presidents Club behaviour ‘typical’

The majority of the public thinks the behaviour at the scandal-hit Presidents Club dinner is ‘typical’ of British men, a Sky Data poll reveals.

The annual charity dinner, attended by leading businessmen, has closed after an undercover journalist alleged that hostesses had been sexually harassed at the men-only event.

Some 54% said the men’s behaviour was typical of men in Britain, while 33% said it was unusual.

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Image: A majority said the behaviour was ‘typical’

Breaking the figures down, 61% of women thought it was typical, while 26% thought it was unusual.

But men were more evenly divided, with 47% saying it was typical, and 42% unusual.

According to the poll, there is little appetite for single-sex social events to be banned outright, however.

Three in four (74%) said men or women-only social events should be allowed to continue, while 17% said they should be banned.

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Image: There is little appetite to ban same-sex social events

The vast majority of both men and women oppose such a measure.

The Presidents Club has been rocked by claims that female workers were groped, sexually harassed and propositioned at an all-male fundraising dinner held at the Dorchester Hotel in central London last Thursday.

Theresa May said she was “appalled” to hear of the allegations.

Two hospitals, including Great Ormond Street, have announced they will hand back all funds received from the event.

Veteran comedian Jimmy Tarbuck has defended his presence at dinner, saying critics should look at the behaviour of women at hen parties for “bad behaviour”.

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Sky Data interviewed a nationally representative sample of 1,020 Sky customers by SMS on 26 January 2018. Data are weighted to the profile of the population.

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